Should a Christian adopt methodological naturalism?
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It has become standard practice for scientists to avoid the possibility of references to God by adopting methodological naturalism: a method that requires scientists to assume that the natural world is all that exists. In this essay, I critique the Christian commitment this method, arguing that a Christian’s practices should always reflect her belief that the universe is created and sustained by the triune God. This leads me to contend that the Christian should adopt a theologically humble approach to the sciences (instead of methodological naturalism), with which she humbly acknowledges that special divine action is not discernible by empirical science. To further my critique, I consider three ways in which the practice of methodological naturalism can be particularly problematic for Christianity.
Torrance , A B 2017 , ' Should a Christian adopt methodological naturalism? ' Zygon , vol. 52 , no. 3 , pp. 691-725 . https://doi.org/10.1111/zygo.12363
© 2017 by the Joint Publication Board of Zygon. This work has been made available online in accordance with the publisher’s policies. This is the author created, accepted version manuscript following peer review and may differ slightly from the final published version. The final published version of this work is available at: https://doi.org/10.1111/zygo.12363
DescriptionThe author thanks the John Templeton Foundation for funding the Scientists in Congregations, Scotland program, which gave me the opportunity to work on this article in continual conversation with scientists across Scotland.
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